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[ 10 May 2019 | No Comment ]

Business expenses for the self-employed: join an HMRC webinar to find out what business expenses are, what is and isn’t allowable and how using simplified expenses can save you time.
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Car expenses for the self-employed: If you use a car in your business, you can find out about simplified expenses, calculating the actual costs, leasing a car and personal contract purchases.
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Additional support can be found in our online guide to self-employed business expenses.
The HMRC Online Customer Forum is also a good place to go …

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[ 1 May 2019 | No Comment ]

Between 2015 and 2018 women had reportedly higher rates of work-related stress, depression or anxiety per 100,000, with the highest rates amongst those between the ages of 35 and 44. Founder of the UK’s first ever #EmployeeRightsDay, Alex Monaco is an employment law solicitor and author of The Resignation Revolution. Here he shares his top employee rights tips for women.
Equal Pay
Pay gap between men and women reportedly widens with age, particularly when it comes to senior executive roles. Despite there being legislation, employers are seemingly playing catch up, which includes …

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[ 28 Apr 2019 | No Comment ]

51% of UK adults regularly see adverts without knowing what’s being sold, while 62% walk away from businesses with obscure branding
How often do people see companies’ branding or adverts without being able to discern what it is they actually do?
Studio Graphene wanted to find out, so it commissioned an independent, nationally representative survey among more than 2,000 UK adults. It ran a little experiment: the participants were given a list of 10 company names and their logos, as well as a muddled-up list of 10 descriptions that corresponded to the companies – …

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[ 23 Apr 2019 | No Comment ]

When you’re a working parent, the one thing you don’t have is a lot of time. Suddenly, days that might have spanned leisurely in front of you can feel as though every second is regimented and a slight delay early on could lead to a backlog with little recovery. It can feel as though you are stretched too thin between the office and needing to be at home. That’s why 2019 will see a rise in people opting to work from home and becoming self-employed.
The interconnected nature of communications has …

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[ 23 Apr 2019 | No Comment ]

By David Solomon, Blueprints
Financial Technology (FinTech) is an exciting area to be in at the moment. Recent technology has opened up almost unlimited possibilities and disruptive businesses are using technology to undermine established global players.
Even before the 2008 financial crash, many people had begun to realise that the financial system was profiting only a small group, as private citizens were burdened with bailing out major global banks.
Deeply entrenched services, practices, and products at traditional financial firms weren’t evolving for their customers’ needs. They were also maintaining old banking practices, for …

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[ 19 Apr 2019 | No Comment ]

How do you get your employees to perform at their peak? As a business owner you may feel that their salary should be enough reward but there are more ways to encourage employees to put in 100% effort, and also to introduce an element of fun in to the workplace. According to new research, half of all bosses are losing out on increased productivity by not making use of gamified rewards.
A survey of 1,096 UK workers, by workplace incentives and rewards provider, One4all Rewards, published in the Workers on Top …

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[ 18 Apr 2019 | No Comment ]

By David Solomon, co-founder of Blueprints
History has a habit of looking unfavourably towards individuals and corporations who don’t hold up to the scrutiny of modern morality. This is evidenced by the demonisation of all slave traders, colonisers and sexual exploiters of history, who often were simply doing what was ‘perfectly legal’ in their period of history.
It’s difficult to tell how history will look back at us now, but the signs are there. Our descendants will be astounded by our generation’s wasteful nature. They will be horrified that we’re so destructive …

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[ 17 Apr 2019 | No Comment ]

Most people will have experienced being in an unnecessary meeting at some point in their working lives. Some may have traveled across the country to attend a one hour meeting which could have been a much more efficient conference call. But have you ever considered how much these meetings could be costing your business? One study revealed that the average worker in the UK spends 10 hours 42 minutes each week preparing for and attending 4.4 meetings. Another survey revealed that employees found 56% of meetings unproductive, with 66% admitting …

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[ 15 Apr 2019 | No Comment ]

Sometimes, good employees leave. It’s a normal part of running a business, and usually, it’s for the best. People you respect leave on good terms and head for greener pastures, while you replace them with new and enthusiastic staff members.
But when staff are leaving en masse, employers need to look inwards to realise there may be an internal problem. High staff turnover is often a symptom of deeper issues within your company, whether it’s outdated management practices or a toxic work culture.
Gemma Harding, Head of Client Services at call outsourcing …

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[ 8 Apr 2019 | No Comment ]

By John Auckland, TribeFirst
Raising funding for your business can be difficult for all types of businesses, and there’s not a lot of advice to go on.
However, there are some rules when it comes to developing an investor comms strategy, and from my involvement with over 30 fundraises, I’ve created a system that’s remarkably effective.
There are three essential topics for effective communication with investors and funders:

How to spot investor hot buttons, and create a core message that brings them on board
The optimal investor journey
How to engage investors in-person and online

Investor hot …